Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
In situations like this, it almost always boils down to this questions:
"Would you like to pay for a trainer NOW or LATER?"
All the arguements you have for not wanting to send your horse to a professional are the exact arguements for why you SHOULD. Because one day, someone else will probably end up owning your horse, and they'll be stuck with the problems created.
If you have a trainer working with you, then perfect. Just don't think you can do it alone. You aren't doing your horse any favors. I would LOVE to have the cash to work with a reining trainer with Jynxy, but alas I don't and I don't delude myself either that I have the ability to train Jynxy to do reining. So I won't bother, because I'd rather wait and do it right then start some half cocked scheme by myself and screw her up in the head.
Bond shmond. I bought Jynx when she was 2 years old and that brat won't get out of my back pocket. I raised my gelding from birth and I owned him for 15 years, and within six months, he didn't have a CLUE who I was. Horses are not fickle like humans. You are nothing but a feed machine, and depending on the horses personality, something to rub against joyfully. Don't pretend it's anything else.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.